With an aim that no one should die of hunger in this lockdown period, James Albert, headmaster at CSI School for the Deaf, San Thome and teachers of this school have been going around Tamil Nadu to distribute packs of rice, dal, and oil to poor families across the state.
The school has collaborated with Help Trust, a Tirunelveli based NGO to carry out the distribution.
Says James Albert, headmaster of this school, “Since the past few weeks, we have been reaching out to families of auto drivers, transgenders, narikuravas and others who have lost their livelihood due to lockdown.”
“We started from Nochikuppam, Srinivasapuram and then went on to support disabled people at Royapuram, and Tondiarpet. We have also supported families of our vocational training students and Leprosy affected people at Chengalpattu.”
The headmaster says that their team has supported over 3500 families till now. “But more families, especially those with disabled children need help. In families that have disabled children, only one parent goes out for work. The other remains at home to take care of the child. Now, due to lockdown, the income of the lone earning parent is also lost in most cases. So the community needs immediate support from many well-wishers,” he says.
“We have the manpower. But we require financial assistance. It will be good if people donate cash/ provisions so we can support more such families.”
People who may want to donate can contact the school’s headmaster James Albert at 9962061559.